| December 23, 2013 | Style & Beauty
FROM LEFT: Brass decorative animal ($98), animal lacquer jewelry box ($138), and lacquer chevron-stripe tray in white and gold ($78), C. Wonder. Tysons Corner, 703-761-3970. Vesuvius candlesticks for Nymphenburg Porcelain (small holder is $320; large is $390) and white candles ($12 for pair). Ted Muehling. 212-431-3825. INSET: David Mitchell
Decorative accents such as luxurious trays and whimsical brass animals are long-lasting and statement-making gift options. But, according to interior designer David Mitchell, “it wouldn’t be the holidays without something from Ted Meuhling, one of the most impressive jewelry and decorative object designers of today.” Meuhling is inspired by organic forms found in nature, such as shells, and he’s worked in bronze and silver over the years. So what’s Mitchell’s favorite item by Meuhling? Candlesticks. “They are always sculptural and functional, and there is nothing more beautiful in the winter than candlelight,” he explains. Also great to give: complementary home accessories in holiday-appropriate shades of white and gold.
FROM LEFT: Meisterstuck medium organizer, Montblanc ($515). Tysons Galleria, 703-734-5101. Bond poker set, Ralph Lauren Home ($795). Ralph Lauren, Tysons Galleria, 703-356-3017. Tec Flex ballpoint pen, Porsche Design ($285). Tysons Galleria, 703-942-5522. Daphne vase, Ralph Lauren Home ($695). Ralph Lauren, SEE ABOVE. INSET: Aba Kwawu
Everyday items can be covetable, at least when they come from Aba Kwawu of The Aba Agency. “I like to give stylish accessories that people will actually keep and put to good use,” says the branding and PR maven, who especially likes the Tec Flex ballpoint pen from Porsche Design as a gift for her “car maniac” husband. “It is made from the same fibers that can be found in the Porsche 911. It’s stylish and a great conversation piece,” she adds. We also like a reliable (and never boring) organizer, an elegant vase, and the Ralph Lauren ready-to-play poker set, perfect for a cozy evening in front of the fire.
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Solo HD special-edition Beats headphones by Dr. Dre ($200) and FEED special-edition Love 30 bag ($80), (PRODUCT) RED. 888-772.6811. Three-strand black wood disc necklace with unfolding brass motifs ($695) and brass brick cuff ($295), Joan Hornig Jewelry. 212-427-6216. Double-wrap bracelet in blood orange, Tory Burch ($95). Tysons Galleria, 703-288-0786. INSET: Hilary Phelps
They say it’s the thought that counts, so choice items benefiting charities can be the most considerate of all. Hilary Phelps, creative director of Genuine Joy Media Group and founder of HilaryPhelps.com, favors Tory Burch’s Foundation wrap bracelet. Proceeds from the sale of the bracelet go to the organization’s support of female entrepreneurs via small business loans and education. “It’s a balanced aesthetic that is stylish but not trendy, which means there’s longevity beyond the normal fashion cycle,” says Phelps of the item. “This bracelet and its charitable affiliation are truly emblematic of the alpha and omega of the entrepreneurial growth arc. You can’t always repay those who helped you along the way, but you can pay it forward to the next generation of aspiring leaders.” More thoughtful—and helpful—gift ideas: Beats by Dr. Dre headphones and a charming FEED bag, both benefiting (RED); a portion of proceeds goes toward fighting AIDS. All profits from the stunning jewelry by Joan Hornig go to a charity of the purchaser’s choice.
FROM LEFT: Mille Nuits Flutissimo clear crystal Champagne flute designed by Mathias, Baccarat ($310 for pair). Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, 240-744-3700. Lismore gold toasting flute (sold in a set of 2), Waterford ($175). Bloomingdale’s, SEE ABOVE. Crystal Karen Champagne bucket, William Yeoward Crystal ($495). Bloomingdale’s, SEE ABOVE. Champagne Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé, Billecart-Salmon ($80). 800-592-5870; wine.com. Carat Rio bottle stopper, Orrefors ($50). Bloomingdale’s, SEE ABOVE. INSET: Olivier Servat
Olivier Servat, general manager of the sophisticated W Washington, DC, has excellent taste. And since he’s from France, of course he likes a refined Champagne for holiday gift-giving. “For my new friends here in my new home of Washington, they’ll be receiving one of my favorite Champagnes from the Maison Billecart: Brut Rosé,” he reveals. “This amazing French Champagne pairs well with my favorite holiday treat: a great party.” But what’s a delicious drink without beautiful barware? Consider pairing your bubbly gift with a sophisticated flute, Champagne bucket, or bottle topper. À votre santé!
CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: Four-piece lip color gift box, Tom Ford Beauty ($196). Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, 202-966-9700. Hourglass diffuser, Diptyque ($145). Nordstrom Pentagon City, 1400 S. Hayes St., 703-415-1121. Pseudo silk kimono varnish, Deborah Lippmann ($19). Nordstrom, Tysons Corner Center, 703-761-1121. Lilac Path eau de parfum, Aerin ($110). Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, SEE ABOVE. No. 5 Intense bath oil, Chanel ($100). Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, MD, (301) 657-9000. Box Diorific Jewel manicure duo, Dior ($39). Saks Fifth Avenue Chevy Chase, SEE ABOVE. INSET: Alli Webb
Drybar founder Alli Webb knows beauty and believes it’s a can’t-miss category. “I love giving classic and feminine gifts to the extra special ladies in my life,” she says. And while she’s partial to hair products, she loves other pampering products as well—especially this snow-white nail varnish from Deborah Lippmann, which makes an ideal stocking stuffer. “Nothing complements a perfect blowout better than a great mani,” she explains. “Deborah Lippmann… has all the colors of the season.” Also recommended: A soothing bath oil (new from Chanel), Tom Ford lipsticks that double as works of art, and a delightful new eau de parfum from Aerin Lauder, all items that are sure to please Washington’s women of style.
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